• Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter plans to deliver a balanced budget to his town board at the end of September, after two other options — piercing the New York State tax cap with a hefty tax increase, or taking a bridge loan against the anticipated sale of subdivided units at EPCAL, both failed to pass muster with the town board Wednesday night. The last time Riverhead discussed a balanced budget, it included 60 layoffs — 20 percent of the town’s work force. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Riverhead’s proposal to subdivide EPCAL into a mix of retail, residential and light industrial uses was also roundly rebuked by the public at a hearing Wednesday, but Mr. Walter said he thinks the public’s concerns include “no insurmountable obstacles,” and is still optimistic about the future of the project. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• After all the fun last night, Riverhead Town’s regular Thursday morning work session has been cancelled today.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss special exception standards for businesses over 5,000 square feet at their 11 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board plans to hire engineer Michael Baker to provide oversight on the capital plan for improvements at the East Hampton Airport at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. They also plan to award a bid on the restoration of taxiway 4-22 at the airport to Rosemar Construction, at a cost of $324,000. Their full agenda is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.